Yes. This is a requirement. I believe it was a requirement before COVID. I'm not sure how closely they enforce it so it may be possible to get in without it but really you should be travelling with travel insurance that provides medical coverage especially with somewhere as remote as the Galapagos. The updated state department travel advisory may make it difficult to find insurance so be sure to look at the terms and conditions carefully.Edited: 12 May 2021, 15:11
@Gunny23 Thank you for sharing your recent experience!
Apologies, I was referring to the 2018 update to entry rules, however, it does not appear they were ever implemented: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294310-i6637-k10587349-o40-Galapagos_new_entry_rules_travel_insurance_accommodation-Galapagos_Islands.html
That being said, for COVID it is a requirement, but based on Gunny's experience they may not actually be checking it.
I will be traveling to Galapagos in June. In online research,
I see that medical insurance is required. I do not see that this medical insurance must cover COVID. Does anyone know if just travel medical insurance is sufficient or is COVID insurance required? Are there any insurance companies preferred by Ecuador?
Thank you. I went with an affordable policy that says that it covers COVID like any other illness.